Now that most of us are working, studying and eating at home these days, dining rooms are getting a lot of extra attention. If you’re spending more time there, you might be on the lookout for dining room design ideas to spruce up your dining space. Or maybe you’re just getting inspired and need some modern or formal dining room ideas to kickstart your project.
How do you design dining rooms?
The best way to revamp your dining area is to start with your foundations and go from there. What size and shape is your dining space? What do you want to be the focal point? Are you looking for a traditional dining room with a wood table and dining chairs or do you have more modern dining room in mind? Once you have a sense of your interior design plan, you can move on to more specific elements of the dining space.
Your dining table is most likely going to be the focal point of your dining area. Do you need a large dining table? Expandable? Consider how many people you’ll need to seat on a regular basis and what else you might be using the dining table for. You can explore our guide to dining tables to get a sense of your options.
Your dining table will also set the stylistic tone for the rest of your space, so give some thought to what kind of look you want. Are you thinking about a formal dining room? Mid-century? Farmhouse? Explore our guide to dining table styles for more dining table ideas and the pros of these most-popular styles.
Next up is selecting your dining chairs! You’ll want to consider the chair material—ideally it will match your dining table (i.e. wood table and wood chairs) or add contrast (i.e. metal chairs and wood table). Upholstered chairs add comfort but can also pose a challenge to keep clean depending on your lifestyle and if you have kiddos who love eating with their hands!
Decide if you want all matching dining chairs or if you like dining room designs that mix and match a bit. For instance, you could add a bench on one side (great for kids) or make the two end chairs different to add a formal air.
Dining Room Decor
The style of your dining room will depend a lot on your decor! Dining room designs are a way to express your personal tastes and style with elements like light fixtures, rugs, table top decor, and more. These pieces can help determine the focal point of your space and add finishing touches and polish, whether you have a modern dining room or a traditional style.
Ready for some dining room inspiration? Read on to take a tour of 20 of our best dining room designs of the month!
Organic Modern Dining Room
This formal dining room design is a blend of modern and minimalist styles. It features a neutral color palette with a muted green backdrop that makes the light and dark contrasting elements pop. It’s very minimal in styling, but still comfortable. And the look feels balanced with the repetition of arches and circles in the round table, globe pendant, bookcase, and even the fireplace.
Country Cabin Charm
We love the rustic country style that makes this dining room feel just like home. It’s a very cozy and casual space with a two-tone matching dining set that’s very trendy in rustic, farmhouse dining room styles. The faded rug helps pull together the overall color scheme and the mason jar lighting fixture adds a trendy and simple element to the mix.
Dine in Rustic Minimalist Style
We love how the rustic minimalist style of this dining room fits so well into the big open, airy space. The neutral color scheme gives it an earthy, organic essence and pops of black and white add a modern twist. The natural wood dining table creates a bold statement in this space and looks great with minimalist white ceramic decor. The geometric patterned rug adds visual interest and texture to the otherwise solid furniture pieces and color scheme.Shop This Look
For those of you who love dining a bright, airy space, this type of coastal style might be just what you need. It features a neutral color scheme with warm tones and sage green walls and casual style furniture in a formal setting. A round dining table with woven chairs feels beachy and laid back. And the light, washed wood in each of the materials makes the overall aesthetic feel soft and lived-in.
This dining room blends traditional and classic style in a way that doesn’t feel stuffy or old-fashioned at all! The crisp whites and neutral palette give it a modern upgrade and touches of gold add sophistication and a little sass. The classic rug pattern in florals mimics the floral centerpiece on the table and the upholstered chairs paired with the two captains chairs offer a more formal feel.Shop This Look
Mid-Century to the Max
This dining room is mid-century modern all the way, with avocado green and blue as staple mid-century colors. The brass tapered legs add sparkle to the dining room and the dynamic rug adds a pop of color and pattern for heightened visual interest. And the atomic starburst lamp is one of the iconic looks of mid-century style, adding a sculptural element to the overall design.Shop This Look
Pairing mid-century modern with glam touches is a great way to give your dining room a totally unique and gorgeous style! Here, the distinctive mid-century features stand out, like the tapered legs on the dining chairs and the starburst chandelier. It creates a formal setting that’s great for entertaining—plus the white banquette provides a spot for extra storage. There’s a neutral color scheme with heavy use of brass, gold, and creamy whites to up the elegance of this setting and then the plush greenery adds extra texture.Shop This Look
This contemporary dining room style is cool, calm, and composed—perfect for big gatherings where you need a large dining setting and don’t want the space to feel overwhelming. It’s simple with no frills, the perfect practical dining room for a busy household. And the durable jute rug adds just the right amount of visual interest without creating too much distraction in the calm, collected space.Shop This Look
We love the blend of modern and coastal styling in this sleek dining room. The black and white color palette gets tons of warmth from the wood tones and the metal light fixture blends both modern and coastal styles. The gallery wall adds a personal touch and an editorial aspect with the grid of black and white photos. Woven chairs are coastal but the sleek wooden table feels modern, and the patterned rug helps to balance out the two styles.Shop This Look
This dining room style uses a colorful, earthy palette and eclectic furniture pieces and decor to create a cool, collected look. The vintage rug pulls together the color scheme and the mid-century modern style dining chairs add a lovely decorative touch. A gallery wall in the same hues adds visual interest and cohesion and it creates a cozy, casual setting for a dinner gathering.Shop This Look
Boho Chic Treat
This dining room design uses an eclectic style to set the tone and incorporates bohemian style with rattan and tropical elements. The high top table and stools keep it casual and offer a unique take on the dining space. A floating wall shelf adds space for a funky, layered gallery wall. And the neutrals, green and yellow colors used feel tropical and beachy for laid-back dining vibes.Shop This Look
We love how this eclectic dining room design uses a black and white color scheme with sand toned accents to warm up the space. The woven texture in wall art and pendant looks funky and modern in the space and the Moroccan style rug adds pattern, texture, and warmth, pulling the whole style together. Elegant style dining chairs add extra sophistication to the dining space.Shop This Look
This dining room features a sophisticated design with a safari-style flair. It’s an organic and earthy space with a sense of adventure! The woven teak chairs add a casual feel and the abstract art ties in blues and greens throughout the color palette. The patterned rug feels global and lightens up the muted color scheme. And to top it all off, the beaded chandelier adds a stylish sculptural element.Shop This Look
We dig the mix of minimal, rustic, and modern styles in this eclectic design. It has a warm color scheme with warm tone woods, reds, and subtle pops of blues. The natural wood of the dining chairs and table and the woven elements of the decor and furniture pieces give it an organic feel. And there’s a delicate balance of light furniture complemented by larger forms.Shop This Look
This look is as stylish and hip as a dining room design can get! The dining chairs feel retro with an S-shape, but the padded leather gives them an extra comfort. The black and white color scheme isn’t harsh because muted tones and the green accents help warm it up. Sleek edges are balanced by organic touches like plants and curved chairs to create a formal setting that still manages to be inviting.Shop This Look
Light and Lively
This stylish dining room blends mid-century modern and industrial style for an airy, light-filled look that your guests will love. The lighting and rugged table feel industrial and the tapered legs and furniture cover the mid-century aspect. It has a bright and lively color palette using retro-inspired hues but still offers a very sophisticated look with captain chairs and a styled buffet table.
We love this elegant rural rustic dining room design featuring a neutral color scheme with pops of black for a little drama. It’s a serene setting with light colors and the upholstered chairs give it a soft texture. The rustic art and weathered wood add extra texture to the space. The handsome buffet and fireplace setting give it a formal look but using lightwood and casual furniture make it feel comfortable and laid-back.
Casual Kitchen Nook
This dining area is tucked away into a casual area of the kitchen to create a simple and compact dining nook—a great dining room layout idea for a small apartment! It uses a half bench and chairs to create a “booth” feel in the kitchen. The neutral color scheme and vintage style rug have mid-century appeal, and the whole look is pulled together by the greenery both indoors and out!
Formal Mid-Century Style
Mid-century modern is such a versatile style, it can go well in both casual and formal design schemes. This dining room design uses iconic Jenerette dining chairs (which have a great backstory) with their cane seats to create high style. And the setting in front of the fireplace is very formal with a touch of elegance. The straight lines of the table balance out the round pendant and mirror for a classy look overall.Shop This Look
This style is simple and sophisticated, with a classic blue, white, and sand palette contributing to the calming coastal vives. It is very seaside-themed but in the most elegant way. The furniture, colors, and materials give it a beach house feel and it is sophisticated with casual touches, like the bench seating and jute and woven textures.Shop This Look
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